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Old 11-29-2018, 11:22 PM   #1
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Is this normal for a year old?

Only been on the road 5 times since May 2018. Both sides are cracked.



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Old 11-30-2018, 12:28 AM   #2
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Only been on the road 5 times since May 2018. Both sides are cracked.



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Given the blind installers don't know how or when to use their impacts tools it could be expected.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:37 AM   #3
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what is that?
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:43 AM   #4
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what is that?
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It appears the fender itself is now dropping down, the sealant is no longer sealing the seam.
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:29 AM   #6
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I hate to say it, but that is probably about average for the RV industry, if you are still under warranty you could try to get the part replaced, but I wouldn't bet on it. Best bet is to just go ahead and fix it. Move the screw over a bit and fill the old hole with sealant.

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Old 11-30-2018, 01:16 PM   #7
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I agree with Jimmy, it looks like the entire fender has dropped down. I think I would try to find out what is going on with that issue. That screw probably gave way because of the pressure of dropping and pulling away. If it's not under warranty, I would take the rest of the screws out to see what that piece has been holding up.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:43 PM   #8
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Its new, May 2018. I'll see what the dealer has to say. Its just a pain getting there. 70 miles one way.
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not a design engineer but that sure could have used two more screws,, I am sure the 5 cent savings went into someone else's pocket,,, alot of stress on that on the road.. I always find thing moved around inside,, but I am sure the outside parts do the road dance..
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Only been on the road 5 times since May 2018. Both sides are cracked.



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More torque is better..............NOT!



And both sides, that is amazing!



I would try under warranty for sure. Get it approved now and wait until you have more "work" to be done and consolidate.


Do like we did, if possible. Find a repair shop that does not sell RVs. We get much better customer service that way.


Good luck.
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